Rule from the Shadows – The Psychology of Power

This is an excellent video describing how we are manipulated by the media and politicians.  It traces the roots of the psychology used by such people as Edward Bernays who wrote the book Propaganda and the use of the term ‘manufacturing consent’.

Manufacturing consent is the basis of all propaganda used against us today, it uses group psychology to get the majority to agree to something that they would not normally agree to, peer pressure in fact.

Whenever you hear the term ‘consensus’ used by politicians, that is manufacturing consent in practice. You hear it a lot in the global warming debate in order for the public to stop thinking critically about the complex issues involved and go along with whatever the media and politicians would have us believe. Manufacturing consent is diametrically opposed to critical thinking and discernment.



One Comment

  1. Debbie Nicholson February 19, 2014 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Manipulation by those in power is rather a scary concept to be studying. I have watched this video and can see many situations where this is going on all around us either for good purposes or for bad. Even when the intentions are for good, it is a bad thing as well all depending on the way you view what you want happening in your life.

    It’s the subtlety that is the worrying part. Then the blind acceptance of those who are preaching from a position where one might be aspiring to be. I can see put into the wrong hands this knowledge could destroy humanity as we know it.

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